in california, the unemployment rate remains at 12.3%. the white house says it can help. the good news going into this labor day holiday, private employers added 67,000 new jobs in august, making a double-dip recession less likely. the bad news? unemployment went up anyway, showing once again the economy isn't going anywhere fast. >> jobs are being created. they are just not being created as fast as they need to. >> reporter: no private employers added jobs. more than 10,000 temporary census workers were laid off. ironically as the economic picture improves, more of the long-term unemployed are searching for work again. that is pushing the unemployment rate up more. with a critical election two months away, republicans argue the president's economic plan has failed.